Episode 84: Optimizing Digestion With Wade Lightheart: The Digestive Process, Enzymes, HCL, Raw Vs. Cooked Foods, Acid Reflux, Aging And Longevity, Probiotics, Diet Adaptation, Protein Digestion, Pesticides, Proteolytic Enzymes, Serrapeptase, And More!

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Nov 26

Welcome to Episode 84 of The Intermittent Fasting Podcast, hosted by Melanie Avalon, author of What When Wine Diet: Lose Weight And Feel Great With Paleo-Style Meals, Intermittent Fasting, And Wine and Gin Stephens, author of Delay, Don't Deny: Living An Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle

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Today we have a special episode with Wade Lightheart, 3 Time Canadian Natural Bodybuilding Champion, one of the world's premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods, and founder of BiOptimizers, a company with a mission to fix digestion! In this episode, we get into all details about how the digestive process works, HCL and digestive enzymes, raw and cooked foods, and how you can tackle any and all GI distress! We also get into the science of proteolytic enzymes, for all you serrapetase lovers! You don’t want to miss this episode!!

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Wade's Background: Forming BiOptimizers From Health Needs

Where To Start With Digestive, Hormonal, Or Other Health Complaints?

The Problems With Our Modern Food System

Using IF To Pinpoint Problematic Food 

Wade's Experience With Fasting 

The Vegetarian And Keto Team - Finding What Works For You!

Why Wade Became Vegetarian 

The Holy Science (Sri Yukteswar)

How The Digestive Process Works

Natural Enzymes In Plants And Animals, Raw Vs. Cooked Foods

The Role Of HCL And PH (Got Acid Reflux?)

How To Supplement With HCL?

How The Digestive System Adjusts To Dietary Choices, And How IF Helps Digestion

Turkey Dinner Syndrome: Why You Get Tired After Eating A Big Meal

The Role Of Enzymes In Aging And Longevity 

The Problems With Pesticides 

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Episode 77: Red Light Therapy For Energy, Weight Loss, Stubborn Fat, Beautiful Skin, Muscle Recovery, Exercise Performance, Sleep, Mood, Thyroid, Your Gut Microbiome, And More! (Featuring Joovv Co-Founder Scott Nelson!)

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Digestion In The Intestines

The Role Of The Microbiome In Digestion And Mood

The Different Types Of Bacteria (Colonizing Vs. Transient) 

The Role Of Genetics In Fermented Food Choices

Adopting To New Diet Choices (Die Off, Keto Flu, Etc.)

The Elimination Phase (Constipation!)

How Long Does The Digestive Process Take?

How To Start Fixing Your Digestion?

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Protein Digestion

Soy Protein Inhibitors 

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Testing  Your Enzymes

Enzymes While Fasting 



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Theme Music Composed By Leland Cox: LelandCox.com

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